This is a collaborative post by Angela Lee with tips on fun things to do at home during the quarantine.
As the global coronavirus pandemic spreads across the country, many of us now are working at home with our kids. If you have energetic children, this can be a real challenge!
As their sports classes are canceled and their energy builds up, they won’t leave you alone when you’re trying to get work done. Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to go crazy, here are some tips to see you through it.
How to Keep Kids Occupied at Home
Keep them active during the day
Many kids nowadays use up a lot of their energy at school. Running around at lunchtime and PE lessons will actually tire them out to some extent, as well as moving about between class. Often in the evenings they’ll come home and relax on their computer or phone.
Well, when they’re at home with nothing to do, all that energy will be building up throughout the day and will make them restless. Make sure you have active things around the house and in the garden. Set up a basketball hoop, buy a football, make something from scratch, anything you can think of to ensure they have something active to do. Don’t forget, they need to be active to stay healthy as well, so this one is a no-brainer!
Multiplayer games suitable for different ages
If you have more than one kid at home with you, the best way to keep them occupied is by finding games that they can all join in together. If your 6-year-old is playing with something and your 10-year-old thinks that it’s too childish for them to play, then you could have a problem on your hands.
Board games are usually a good option here. Look for board games or other toys that are suitable for both 6 year olds and 10 year olds.
Outdoor games like hide and seek or throwing a ball around are universally popular across all age ranges. If the older kid has an advantage, then suggest that the younger kid gets a headstart in the point-scoring. What’s even better is that this time together can help build their relationship and increase family bonds.
Buy them something they’ll love
Getting a kid something they love related to one of their passions is often reserved for birthdays and Christmas, but this is a unique time and something we’ve not experienced before. In addition to this, your children might be scared about everything that’s on the news.
Getting your kids a gift they’ll love can be an amazing gesture that will cheer them up and keep them busy.
If they love Star Wars, look at getting them a new Star Wars game that they can play time and time again.
If you have a younger child then it might be a brand new truck set or toy doll.
For sports-lovers stuck indoors, check out these Kaskey Kids sports guys figures for baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey.
Think about what they’d love and get something that can give them hours of joy. They’ll forget about coronavirus in no time!
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.